This was really much funnier in person than it is in writing, but I'm still putting it here because it's close to Halloween and I want to remind her in the years to come what she said. This was a conversation at the end of supper with myself, our five year old daughter (Pumpkin) and Ms. Huis as she was heading upstairs to start the bathtub filling for the girls.
Ms. Huis: Pumpkin, you can't save everything. You have to throw that away. We don't have room to save everything.
Pumpkin (thinking): Oh...well, we won't throw you out, Mom...until after you're dead. Then we'll bury you in the front lawn.
Ms. Huis (heading upstairs): Most people don't get buried in the front lawn. They get buried in a cemetery.
Mr. Kluges: Well, people think that digging up the dead is disrespectful and not very nice so we put them all in one place. That way we know where they are and we don't have to worry about accidentally digging them up.
Pumpkin: Oh! So we could put a big rock over them, and then we could write "Leave Me Alone!" on it.
Mr. Kluges: Well, yes, we could. Usually though people just write their name, the date they were born and the day they died on the stone. Some people also put on an epitaph.
Pumpkin: What's an epitaph?
Mr. Kluges: It's words on the gravestone that you want to be remembered for. Things like "Rest In Peace." Or "Here Lies Our Beloved." Sometimes they are funny, like, "I told you it was a bad cough."
Pumpkin: Mine could be "Sorry, I couldn't help it."
Mr. Kluges: Yes, honey, it could.